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    Rockhampton Airfield (Connor Park) Queensland Australia
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Carl R. Thien 1943

Location
Located at Connor Park near Rockhampton. On the north and northwest side of the airfield is Lion Creek. To the easf is Canoona Road and to the south is Nine Mile Road.

Construction
In 1929, the lease to a former racetrack Connor Park, was acquired by a number of aspiring aviators, and they set about making it suitable for aircraft.

The Rockhampton Aero Club was formed on 9 February 1930 and announced that flying training would commence at the location. The aerodrome was officially opened as "Connor Park Aerodrome" on March 2, 1930. A few weeks later, the aerodrome was again officially opened as "Rockhampton Aerodrome" and the first passenger aircraft, a Fokker monoplane "Star of Cairns" landed safely.

Wartime History
During World War II the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) took control of the airfield. This airfield was part of the ferry route from Brisbane to Townsville for RAAF and USAAF aircraft. Facilities at the airport were substantially upgraded including a control tower and radio station. At one stage, work was commenced to allow rapid demolition of the runways if required.

During the war, the airfield had three runways. The first 149° 26' was 4,150'. A 90° runway was 4,450' and a the 44°  09' was 5,050' with a taxiway and dispersal area at the northwestern end of the airfield area.

During 1942, General MacArthur and General Eichelberger, entertainer Joe E. Brown and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt all traveled to Rockhampton Airfield.

B-24J "Burma" 44-40601
Crashed April 2, 1945 afterwards scrapped and burned

Today
Still in use today as Rockhampton Airport. During 1987 during upgrade work, the demolition tunnels built in 1942 were found and filled in. Until 1992 the wartime radio tower was in use. Airport code IATA: ROK, ICAO: YBRK.

References
Rockhampton Regional Council - Rockhampton Airport

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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